On 2 March 2017 - just one day before the opening of the 40-th Antwerp Classic Salon - it is exactly 70 years ago that Enzo Ferrari presented its first real Ferrari: the Ferrari 125 S. A good reason for organizing the event in the Belgian port city to put the Italian brand in the spotlight. She is thinking about the 70 anniversary.
Enzo Ferrari worked until 1939 at Alfa Romeo. Under that flag he founded the Scuderia Ferrari as sister team of Alfa Corse. Ferrari took the step in 1939 to carry out its own activities. He agreed with Alfa Romeo not to use the Ferrari name for the next four years as a racing stable or for racing cars. That is why Enzo's new company was named Auto Avio Constuzioni, which resulted in the AAC 1940 in 815. During the Second World War, the Modena factory moved to Maranello and the production of racing cars came to a complete standstill. After the war, Enzo produced the first car bearing its name: the Ferrari 125 S.
Return to motorsport
Ferrari thus returned to motorsport. Maranello was successful with victories in 1949 in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Mille Miglia. In 1951 - one year after the founding of Formula 1 - Ferrari took its first victory in this class. In 1952 it immediately became champion with Alberto Ascari. Ferrari is the only team to compete in all races since the first Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1950.
First production Ferrari
In 1949 the first production Ferrari saw the light of day, the Ferrari 166 Inter, and many iconic models would follow. A number of these models will be shown to the public in Antwerp at the Antwerp Classic Salon. Because in collaboration with the Ferrari Club Belgio and several private owners, the organization is exhibiting 16 beautiful classic Ferraris. This includes the Ferrari 166 Inter Coupé Touring and the 212 Inter Coupé Vignale. Models such as the 250 GT Boano from 1956 and the 250 GT Berlinetta SWB from 1962 are also part of the collection, more recently the Ferrari F40 and the Ferrari F12. The Alfa Romeo past of Enzo Ferrari is also tangible, as evidenced by the presence of the beautiful Alfa Romeo 1750 C6 Gran Sport Spyder from 1930.
Other stock market news: Fiat 500 and Low Emission Zone
We mentioned earlier that the second theme in Antwerp is devoted to the 60th anniversary of the Fiat 500. In collaboration with the Fiat Belgio Club, nine copies of the 500 are on display. It is also important to note that the Low Emission Zone (environmental zone) in Antwerp is no reason not to visit the fair with the oldtimer or the young timer. The Antwerp Expo is located outside the environmental zone and is easily accessible for visitors from all directions. The Low Emission Zone does not have to be entered.
The Antwerp Classic Salon takes place from 3 to 5 March. You can find more information about the event here . And if you want to know more about accessibility in relation to the Low Emission Zone, then we recommend that you visit the webpage www.slimnaarantwerpen.be to visit.